When you buy an Apple smartphone you will notice it comes with lots of preloaded apps and music. Apple Music is a preloaded app that comes with new smartphones, which some people like and some people don’t. But the annoying thing is that you cannot delete Apple Music off of your phone. Many consumers feel that Apple should let iPhone users delete any app they want, even the preloaded ones. A little while back there was another massive series of complaints similar to this one about the mandatory iOS update that put the Watch app onto people’s iPhones. The Watch app is specifically designed to work with the Apple Watch, which is a separate device that not everybody owns or wants to own. This didn’t matter though because all the iPhone users were forced to receive this app on their phone. Many felt it was Apple’s way of promoting their smartwatch to iPhone users, so they would go out and purchase it. Whether this is true or not, users feel they should have the right to choose which apps they have on their phone. Right now they are only able to place these apps in the “Junk Drawer,” but the problem is this junk drawer can fill up fast and it still takes up memory on your phone.
So what is Apple’s agenda with making people have Apple Music on their phone? Some critics claim it is Apple’s way of keeping mobile users loyal to everything that is Apple. For example, Apple Music and Apple Maps are the alternatives to Spotify and Google Maps. Even though iPhone users have the freedom to download Google Maps and Spotify apps, Apple may not want their consumers using major apps made by other companies. They want to keep everything Apple, so that consumers stay loyal to the company in every respect. In other words, Apple can dominate the app marketplace by forcing their iPhone users to keep Apple apps of all kinds on their phone. The problem here is that many users of these apps do not like them. Apple Maps is a perfect example because it got terrible reviews by Apple users when it was released back in 2012. So why should people be forced to keep it on their phone if they don’t like it? Hopefully, Apple will hear these complaints from consumers and do something about it in the future. Perhaps they will release another iOS update that allows people to delete these apps. Users shouldn’t have to wait for a new iPhone release to do this simple task.
We live in the age of digital music and instrumentation. People no longer have to learn how to play the guitar or the drums because they can just generate the sounds through software and other electronic devices. Drum machines are basically electronic drums that will add drum sounds into your music without actually having to play the physical drums. This is great for people who do not know how to play instruments in real life, but still want to create their own music. However, there is a quality missing from digital drum sounds that you can only hear by beating on the calfskins of a real drum set. The detail and intuitiveness is just not there with digital music like it is with old school skins. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the positive elements of both?
The music tech company Sunhouse is crowdfunding their new drum sensory technology called Sensory Percussion. This is a sensor that will turn acoustic drum sounds into digital beats. All you have to do is attach the add-on device to your physical drums and start playing on them. The device will recognize the styles you are playing and save the beats into digital format. This will help you create beats that are rarely heard in studios or live concerts. If you are into creating music with drums then this technology is definitely worth purchasing. But be prepared to pay over a thousand dollars for this device. If you place a pledge of about $600 on this unit then you will get a single Sensory Percussion device after it gets developed. The downside is that one unit can only go on one drum. A full drum kit will have at least two drums, which means it will cost $1200 for two units. Luckily the hardware for these units is easy to ship, but it won’t be shipping until January of next year. All the drummers out there will just have to wait for the New Year before they add electronic music to the sounds of their band. Some people are disappointed because they wanted to have this sound for their summer festivals. But remember, all good things will come to those who wait. This technology is still in the development phase, so you’ll want it to produce the best quality sounds for you. By the time January comes along, it will be well worth the wait.
Stop and put your mouse down because this is something that you will want to hear about. Bose has upgraded themselves with this SoundDock XT speaker that not only goes with you everywhere, but also sounds like you are bringing the party. This speaker allows you to connect your phone on the dock or by connecter to bring music to life. There aren’t many flaws to this amazing product, but the only thing that dims the speaker is the fact that it takes about 12 hours to charge up. You do have lasting sound for the night, but be sure to bring your charger for the morning. If playing music at a party isn’t your forte, then turn down the music by pressing the ever so dainty volume button on the side. White/Yellow and White/Dark Grey are the only color choices, so chose wisely. I will continue to use this speaker for all of my outdoor events and so should you.
Samsung has already become a worthy competitor in the smartwatch marketplace. The thing about smartwatches is that you can’t do too much more to improve them. The only thing you can really do is improve the exterior look. The Apple Watch has a rotating crown that fans of the company seem to enjoy. So in response, Samsung revealed that it will have a rotating bezel in its next smartwatch model. The bezel will be shaped like a circle, which is different than the square shaped bezel of the Apple Watch. Critics believe Samsung is trying to differentiate their watches from Apple’s watches as much as they can by using a different shaped bezel on them. However, the Moto 360 also uses a round bezel design on their smartwatch. But they use the Google Android operating system whereas Samsung uses their own operating system called Tizen OS. Therefore, this operating system may be the only thing besides the round bezel that encourages iOS users and Android users to switch to a Samsung smartwatch.
The smartwatches that have been released in the marketplace so far have relied on simple side buttons and touchscreen tapping in order to operate it. But this can become a problem for people who have fat fingers and end up touching the wrong buttons on the small smartwatch screen. That is why the rotating bezel will come in very handy in the new Samsung smartwatch. It will allow users to navigate and control the functions of the watch by simply rotating the bezel. This means people with fat fingers won’t have such a difficult time anymore because they can easily rotate the bezel with their fingers.
Smartwatches are still very new to consumers and they are just starting to get familiar with them. That is why if a company creates a smartwatch that looks good and is easy to use, then users will rush to purchase that watch. It seems like Samsung is working really hard to try and achieve this goal. The only way a competitor could outwit Samsung is by either creating new features on their own smartwatch or by having a lower price. Right now all of the new smartwatches seem to be priced at around $200, so there doesn’t seem to be much differentiation in price. But if one of the companies were to release a watch at around $150, then perhaps they could get more buyers. Only time will tell.
Fitbit is a fitness wearable company that focuses on smartwatches that cater to health and fitness. Naturally, they have created some competition for the Apple Watch. The only difference is the Apple Watch doesn’t only focus on health and fitness related applications. They also connect users to their iPhones and allow them to check their email and so on. So why would somebody want to purchase a wearable from Fitbit when it only focuses on health and fitness? Well for one thing, they are a well known brand when it comes to fitness tracking products. Their sales numbers have already proven their capabilities of having great success. In 2014, their number of sales doubled from the previous year of 2013. That is pretty impressive for any tech company. Research now indicates that FitBit controls about 62% of the market share for all fitness trackers sold in the United States. Between this piece of information and the record profits they are making, it looks like FitBit will become a fierce competitor to the Apple Watch.
Sources have already indicated that Fitbit’s wearable will be cheaper than the Apple Watch. However you have to consider that the Apple Watch has all the same fitness apps as the Fitbit wearable, plus a whole lot more. Therefore, it all depends on how important the fitness apps are to you. If you are the type of person that wants to get a smartwatch simply to track your heart rate and distance traveled, then the Fitbit wearable might be the best choice. But if you are someone that wants the full potential of what a smartwatch can do and you are not afraid to pay extra money for it, then go with the Apple Watch instead.
The sale of fitness trackers have turned into a branding game. The actual function and components of the trackers are basically all the same. They all use sensors, digital displays and accelerometers to let the wearer know information regarding their fitness performance. But what makes them different are the exterior look, the cost and the brand name. Companies in America generally like to use their brand name in order to drive up the cost of a particular product. But since American consumers are still hurting for cash, they may want to purchase their wearables from the Chinese wearable company called Huami. They are selling their own fitness tracker for just $13, which is supposed to have all the same functions as the more expensive ones in the United States. If these wearables ever get marketed to Americans over the internet, then they may very well just go with those. The only thing that could save American wearable companies is if their brand and quality prove to be more important to American consumers than cost.
The Apple iPad is one of the best selling tablets ever. Other computer companies have tried competing with Apple in this area, but Apple has still remained number one when it comes to manufacturing tablets. However, this may change very soon because Microsoft is getting in on the action. They have already developed their own Microsoft Windows tablet that is an alternative to the Apple iPad. The Microsoft Surface 3 was released in 2014 and has gotten a lot of positive feedback from tech enthusiasts. The retail price is going to be around $499, which is about the price of a new iPad. So there won’t be much diversity as far as the price is concerned. The diversity comes with the new tablet features found in the Microsoft Surface 3. One new feature is the magnetic clip on keyboard that attaches itself to the front of your tablet. It is said to be a step up from the swivel mechanism that operates the keyboard on the iPad. But more importantly, Microsoft’s Surface 3 is said to help you actually work without needing a laptop.
Microsoft Surface tablets have only been around for three years. In the beginning, they were merely created to compete with Apple. But these Surface tablets have quickly advanced into a successful product line that more people are starting to use. There are also a variety of accessories you can purchase for it, such as keyboards and styli. You can even install Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. If you choose the Microsoft Office 365 subscription when you purchase your tablet then you can get the entire suite of programs bundled together with it. The screen quality of the new tablet is also much sharper than previous Surface models, but it still has the same full size USB port. This means you can plug in a regular PC mouse or keyboard if you want to use that with your tablet.
Right now the Surface 3 is being advertised heavily to schools and colleges around the country. Parents are also taking an interest in the tablet because it is a suitable device to give their children for school. But the big question is, should you buy this tablet if you already have an iPad? It all depends on how much money you have and how much you are willing to spend. If you already have office suite products on your iPad then you might not think it’s worth switching over to Surface 3 just yet. But if you just want to own the newest Microsoft tablet and experience the differences right away, then definitely consider purchasing this product.
If you follow video gaming then you have probably heard of the video gaming company, Valve, and their video gaming software known as Steam. This software connects people together by allowing them to play multiplayer games with each other right over the internet. The only thing is that Steam is traditionally for the PC, Mac and Linux computer systems. This means people who want to play these games have to use their monitors, unless they have the right video cables to hook up their computer to a flat screen television set. Most people do not have these cables, or they simply don’t know how to hook it up properly.
After years of delays and setbacks, Valve has finally created a Steam gaming console that people can hookup to their television sets. That way people can now play video games through Steam right on their big television sets instead of their smaller monitors. The console will still connect to the user’s Steam account, so they won’t lose any of their games. All they have to do is login to their account through the Steam Machine and then they can just download all of their games right back onto it.
The Steam Machine will create competition for other living room gaming computers, like Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 4. Right now they are king of multiplayer gaming through consoles. But with the massive amount of people who already use Steam, the new Steam Machine could very well turn people off from those other consoles and cause them to lose money. Not only that, but the Steam Machine will have its own Steam operating system to run games on. This could very well jeopardize the $25 billion market for Windows PC gaming. The majority of the people who use Steam on their computers are using a Windows operating system, which the games require in order to play them. But with the Steam Machine, the games won’t need the Windows operating system anymore. This could cause Microsoft to lose even more business and set them back much further as a company.
The only complication is not all of the 5,000 games on Steam will work with Steam Machine. After all, the original designers of these games were creating them for popular operating systems like Windows and Linux. The Steam OS is brand new and a Linux-based operating system. This means it will only be able to run games that can be run on Linux operating systems. Right now there are over 1,000 games on Steam that could be run on the Steam Machine. But as time goes on and the popularity of the machine increases, the number of approved games is likely to go up.
Smart glasses have been talked about for a little while now. They are a device you wear like regular glasses that lets you see smart information linked to your phone, PC or tablet. Google Glass was the first brand of smart glasses to be revealed to the public. So naturally, all of the other major tech companies want to compete with Google by creating their own brand of smart glasses. Microsoft appears to be their first competitor.
Microsoft Holo Lens is what is called a hologram gadget, which is said to be different than Google Glass. Holo Lens allows the user to see holographic images that are delivered to the device by someone else on a PC that is controlling it. For example, if an architect wanted to create a blueprint for their next project, they could just create the 3d imagery and let their client use the Holo Lens to see the building in real time. This means they could actually walk into a virtual reality where they see the building before it is even built in real life. This will give them a much better idea of what the final outcome will be instead of having to depend on blueprints, which force clients to use their imaginations more than anything else.
Even though it might seem like virtual reality, Holo Lens is different than the gaming virtual reality devices that you might have seen advertised. Holo Lens will still let you see the real environment around you. The only difference is that it will add holographic images to your environment that nobody else sees. Only the person wearing the Holo Lens glasses can see it. Therefore, if an architect were going to show off their building plans, they could take their client to the real life location that is currently just flattened land and place holographic images of the building over the land. Then they can see how the building will look in that environment after it is built.
There were live performances given with the Holo Lens not too long ago. These performances showed the device and how it was able to merge with Skype, Sketch Up and Minecraft. In one performance, someone was using Skype on a Windows 10 laptop and another was using Skype on the Holo Lens. The person on the laptop was able to send holograms over to the Holo Lens device through Skype. Then the user of the device could manipulate the image, walk around with it and even edit it through the device. Holo Lens is predicted to be a revolutionary breakthrough for businesspeople in the corporate world.